How To Prepare For A Triathlon
Ever thought of doing a triathlon? It's not as scary as you think! There is no better time to start than with a new year nearly upon us.
What's first you ask? Set a goal! Shoot for the Australian Super Corporate Triathlon Series. This iconic series continues to unite teams from across Australia in the spirit of corporate health and competition, whilst working together to represent their company. Events are held in Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and the Gold Coast. Get your colleagues involved and sign up to represent your company.
So, what do I need?
To get started in triathlon you will need a few essentials. Most of the gear you may already have including a bike, running shoes and swimming goggles. To make it easy for you we have put together a quick checklist of the things you will need to get through training and race day.
|Wet suit (optional)||Bike||Running shoes||Sunscreen|
|Swimming cap||Water bottle||Hat||Lip balm|
|Goggles||Sunglasses or eye protection||Transition bags|
|Towels||Footwear and socks||Watch|
|Triathlon uniform||Spare change of clothes|
How do I train?
The most important thing is to ensure you are ready for all three legs of the triathlon. Regular running, swimming and cycling sessions are important to build stamina and confidence - these are even easier if you have a team to train with!
TRI TIP - Integrate open water swimming into your training program - it is VERY different from following the black line at the bottom of your local pool. Make sure you take some friends along and swim at a supervised beach to keep safe.
Tips and tricks for race day?
Like any sport - those in the know have a wide range of tips and tricks to help get them through race day.
Here are a few to give you a head start:
|The day before||Morning of||During||After|
| Organise your paperwork and gear.
Make sure it is labelled and bagged up (waterproof)
| Eat something at least 2 hours before
the race to fuel your body
| Position yourself at the swim start based
on your swimming ability to prevent getting
trampled or held up
|Refuel and drink plenty of water|
|Eat normally - don't overthink it!||Arrive early and dress in layers||Utilise the hydration stations on course|| Cool down properly with some walking
and light stretching
|Get a good night's sleep and stay hydrated||Lay out your gear for quick transitions||Make sure you don't get caught drafting
(riding too close to the bike in front) to
|Listen to your body - rest!|
|Study the course - know where you need to go during
each leg and in transition
|Scope out the transition area - most
importantly make sure you know how
to get to your bike from where you
finish your swim
|Use elastic shoe laces to save fumbling with
regular shoe laces during the race
|Congratulate yourself - you just achieved
The most important thing is to have FUN and remember to smile as you cross the finish line! A triathlon is a great goal to keep you focused during your summer fitness training. Ask one of the trainers at your local club if you have any questions about how to get ready for a triathlon this summer.